What I Wish I'd Known - Partners & Loved Ones Are you a loved one of a young adult who has been diagnosed with cancer? Not sure what to say or when to say it? Do you feel you keep getting it wrong, even though you're trying so hard. We know that the impact cancer has isn't just on the individual, but it hits loved ones so much too. If you're a wife/husband/partner/boyfriend/girlfriend/brother/sister/mum/dad or a really good friend we've got you too. We wanted to create a safe space to make you feel less alone. You'll get a chance to meet others and hear from a couple of partners/ loved ones about their experience, hindsight is a beautiful thing. Navigating life is hard enough, let alone with having to support a partner or loved one who's received a cancer diagnosis. This event aims to: Connect you with others who are in the same boat Provide you with advice and tips to cope with your partner or loved one's cancer diagnosis Seek support when you need it Empower you to be able to support your partner or loved one We'll be joined by two partners of young adults who have been diagnosed with cancer in their 20s or 30s, Fiona and Jess. Fiona is 25 and her partner Andrew was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at the age of 27. For the next 3 years Andrew faced the complications of chemo, the ones that worked and the ones that didn't, the struggles of trying to continue to work when he could barely find the strength to get out of bed, the sadness of seeing all his friends go on their stag dos, get married or have children when he couldn't. Fiona was with him through all of this, trying to face these challenges too whilst also be being expected to continue to live a 'normal life' as a twenty-year-old. She wants to share what she has learnt when dealing with her partner's cancer, how to navigate this period of time, the fears of the future, and the craving to be normal. Jess is 28 and her partner Max was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma 3 years ago and is still having ongoing treatment in Bristol. After Max's diagnosis Jess was put in touch with someone who had been through a similar experience in their 20's and found that being able to talk to someone was the most helpful thing she had done. She strongly believes in the importance of there being a community of people who truly 'get it' and can support each other. Not used Zoom before? No problem, you can download the app for free onto your phone or just search for 'Zoom' on your computer and click Join Meeting and add the ID we send you on your laptop. You can also check out this handy guide to using Zoom via this link. WHAT TO EXPECT: By providing a supportive digital space, our aim is to help you feel less alone, understood and heard by others who understand. The chance to ask questions you have about supporting your partner/ loved one who is living with or beyond cancer The chance to chat with other partners/ loved ones who understand just how you feel Hear from Jessica and Fiona about their experiences along with their tips and insight about what they wish they had known *Please be aware that no medical advice will be provided during this meet up, if you having any questions regarding your partner or loved ones treatment please speak to their oncology team* Booking for this event has now closed.